CBC hosts annual Nurse Pinning and Candle Lighting Ceremony for LVN grads

Headline: CBC hosts annual Nurse Pinning and Candle Lighting Ceremony for LVN grads

Coastal Bend College’s (CBC) Licensed Vocational Nursing (LVN) program hosted their annual pinning and candle lighting ceremony on Thursday, August 18 at the CBC Beeville campus. CBC’s ceremony honored LVN graduates from the Beeville, Alice, Kingsville and Pleasanton locations.

The pinning ceremony is an annual event that signifies a student’s successful completion of their nursing education and commemorates their entrance into the nursing profession. Nursing schools across the United States have kept the pinning ceremony tradition alive to honor Florence Nightingale, the founder of modern nursing.

Nightingale started a similar tradition over 150 years ago when she would present graduates from the nursing school she founded with a medal or a pin. CBC’s nursing instructors provided each student with a pin that will be worn throughout his or her nursing career.

In addition, CBC’s LVN graduates recited the Florence Nightingale Nursing Pledge while holding a lamp, and each graduates’ candle was lit by one of their instructors. The lighting of the lamp signifies each graduates intention of carrying Nightingale’s dedication and compassion for the nursing profession forward.

This year’s keynote speaker was HALO-Flight’s Chief Medical Officer Randy Endsley. He is a resident of Corpus Christi who began his career in the medical field by serving in the United States Air Force. The majority of Endsley’s nursing career was spent in emergency rooms and intensive care units. In 1999, he joined HALO-Flight and was promoted to Chief Medical Officer in 2002.

The following students were honored at CBC’s LVN pinning and candle lighting ceremony:


Adriana Maria Arredondo

Rossana Marie Brown

Melinda Catete

Shante Colon

Celeste Anik Contreras

Michelle Fuentes

Amy Nicole Garza

Monica Renee Gomez

Jessica V. Gonzales

Lizette Gonzalez

Heather Gracia

Richard Anthony Guerrero

Sean J. Harris

Bernice Vera Maloy

Oscar Martinez, Jr.

Ginger Cope Mayfield

Christian Matthew Morón

Micaela “Mickie” Ochoa

Desiree Lyn Rivas

Tarah Leibl Soliz

Amanda Nicole Sorensen

Madison Stone

Pedro Torres


Jasmine Rita Acuna

Christina Alaniz

Alexandra Renee Buentello

Clarissa Rae Cadena

Larissa Cadena

Rose M. Figueroa

Cayla M. Flores

Oscar Garcia, Jr.

Lisa Gill

Amanda Godinez

Monica D. Gonzalez

Stacey E. Helton

Adriana Renee Herrera

Esperanza Hinojosa

Gabrielle N. Mendez

Selena Nevarez-Garcia

Candice Rena Ramirez

Kathy LeeAnn Ramirez

Jessica Rodriguez

Ana Lisa Saldana

Breanna Lynn Salinas

Margarita Salinas

Katherine Springs

Chelsea R. Torres

Alyssa Marie Valdez

Brenda Renee Valdez

Roxane Zamora


Argelia Alanis

Kierstin J. Bohanan

Callee P. Borchardt

JoAnn Cadena

Vanessa Marie Campos

Rebecca Renay Cantu

Andrea M. Chapa

Analisa Coleman

Daniel Esquivel

Bryana J. Gonzalez

Regan A. Gonzalez

Adelaido Longoria III

Nina R. Munoz

Amy Lee Orta

Erika M. Pelaez

Deidre N. Perez

Zaira J. Ramos

Erica Ann Rodriguez

Joanna L. Rodriguez

Samantha L. Rodriguez

Diana Nicole Salazar

Javi Soliz

Criselda M. Soto

Candace B. Tovar

Jennifer M. Trevino

Tristyn Taylor Trevino

Roxanne Y. Tunchez

Marisol Cristal Zuniga


Jacqueline V. Aguilar

Nicole Alvarado

Clarissa Camber

Sarah Crean

Pablo G. Geisel

Amber N. Graham

Chelsea Holick

Stormy Jenkins

Lainie M. Lopez

Nyleen Monsevais

Grace Otuokere

Raygan Parker

Courtney J. Riley

Sandra H. Riley

Lori A. Rodriguez

Simona Trevino

Katie Woodall

For more information about CBC’s LVN program, please contact CBC’s Nursing Department at (361) 354-2768 or via email at mkrishan@coastalbend.edu. Information is also available online at www.coastalbend.edu/nursing.

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